Sheik Muhammad Kabbani (search) once told me that the most evil terrorists are not the ones who actually strap bombs to their bodies, but the clerics who sanctify and encourage such actions.
It’s bad enough to kill innocent life, but when you send others to do it from the comfort of your mosque or living room, that’s an act of cowardice that deserves the lowest pit of hell. One of these characters is a Saudi Arabian preacher named Salman al-Awdah (search), who signed a declaration making it an obligation for Muslims to join terror squads in Iraq.
Well it turns out that one of Salman’s sons took his father’s call seriously and wanted to join up. The Wall Street Journal reports that he wrote a farewell letter to his father saying, “God permitting, we have an appointment with Paradise.” Well it seems daddy wasn’t pleased with the thought of his son being blown to bits in Iraq, so he called one of his buddies, a prince who’s the number two man at the Saudi Interior Ministry (search). The secret police soon found the boy, who’s been kept at home ever since.
It all goes to show, once again, that those who preach terrorism are usually the least prepared to die (or have their sons die) for it. And if more Muslim clerics like Sheik Kabbani spoke out that terrorism is a ticket to hell rather than an act rewarded by eternal pleasure, seeds of doubt would grow and recruits for terror missions would dry up.
And that’s the Asman Observer.
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